The programme includes three Zoom consultations, a 12 months’ supply of medical grade skincare, a year’s supply of at-home medical grade facial treatments, and a personalised skin review following the birth.
Dr. Gout’s full 12-month pregnancy skincare programme costs £1200, but if you’re simply after the pregnancy skincare basics, we asked Dr. Gout for her top tips, outlined below.
Top tips during and after pregnancy
- First trimester: The secret to the first trimester is to target hydration & protection from UV and pollution. “All you need in the first instance is really good hydrating product such as an hyaluronic acid serum to deliver moisture and improve the skin’s elasticity. I always advise my clients to double cleanse twice daily which will help to gently exfoliate the skin without using any harsh abrasive products or chemicals. This is important because it helps to extract pollution and oils from the pores – not many people know that pollution can cause fine lines, rashes, and pigmentation so cleansing with a low PH cleanser is key,” says Dr. Gout. She stresses, “cleansing is not just about removing makeup, you need to clear oils and pollution particles, especially at night, otherwise they will penetrate the skin and activate melanin pigments.”
- Second trimester: During the second trimester you may experience some breakouts, so focus on decongestion & exfoliation to prevent and treat open pores, spots, blemishes and dullness. Apply creams and masks with zinc, which is anti bacterial, along with kaolin or bentonite clay masks to remove impurities gently.
- Third trimester: This is the time to re-establish the skin’s water balance and optimise its metabolic functions. For this, apply humectant (moisture preserving) serums and gentle moisturising creams with glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Dr. Gout points out that during this phase of pregnancy, it is not just about hydration but improving elasticity, so pile on creams and masks, and avoid facial oils as Dr. Gout says that oil can be pro-inflammatory.
- 3 months Post Birth: After you’ve got through those precious early months with your newborn, and have hopefully established a sleep routine for you and your baby, you can start to look at repairing any damage caused during pregnancy, such as fine lines, wrinkles or pigmentation. This is the time to resume a more normal skincare regime, with a consultation with a Doctor or dermatologist, especially if you’re breastfeeding.
What about stretch marks?
While Dr. Gout doesn’t advise oils on the face, she does recommend using an emollient, such as a body oil or rich cream, on your body to keep the skin supple, which will help to avoid getting stretch marks. She says, “Using an emollient that is occlusive will help to keep the skin constantly hydrated while it is stretching.”
What skincare should you avoid during pregnancy?
Despite pregnancy potentially causing breakouts, Dr. Gout advises against highly active ingredients like salicylic acid, AHA’s, retinoids, or high doses of antioxidants as they can have a teratogenic affect and potentially harm the fetus.
Dr. Gout says to steer clear of chemical exfoliants or mechanical stress (exfoliating beads, harsh cloths or scrubs) as these can damage the collagen fibres, including rough materials on your clothes and bedding. She recommends sleeping on a silk pillow case, and even wearing pyjamas to allow the skin to breathe and expand without rubbing up against anything abrasive.
Use an oil free mineral SPF daily to protect skin from UV and pollution – use a 2 fingers length amount of SPF every morning, she adds.